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Imperial Stout - Epic Brewing Company

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87
very good

68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 232
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bishopgary on 12-06-2010

This massive Stout pours a mahogany black with a thick, brown head. The aroma is all chocolate roasted malt. The aroma is all chocolate and toasted malt. The first wave of flavor embraces anise and dark, bitter chocolate but opens up to include coffee, smoke and rich sweet malt.
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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 232
Photo of TheHoppiest
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy International Stout Day! I've been cellaring this for a few months, and thought today would be as good as any day to dust it off and see how Salt Lake does stout.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized snifter. The label indicates this was from Release #3, and states that it clocks in at 9.1% ABV. Pours an inky black with a ring of tan foam clinging to the edge of the glass, and a small island of thin foam slowly swirling in the center.

Has an oaty, malty aroma, thick and biscuity, with notes of coffee, vanilla, cola and alcohol.

Vanilla malt, creamy oats, and black coffee combine with moderate alcohol and hints of chocolate. There's a fair amount of hoppiness to finish, though the hops are more felt tingling the gums and tongue than through bitterness.

Full bodied, this is a creamy, rich brew. Almost syrupy, this demands slow sipping. A mildly bitter finish ends it nicely.

Although listed as an American Double, this has more of a taste and feel like an oatmeal stout or a cream stout. The bitterness is subdued, and is felt more than tasted. While there are hints of booziness, you're not hit over the head with this 9.1% double stout. Overall, a tasty stout; not top notch, but certainly worth a try. (1,233 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Release #3, 9.1% ABV, 1,800 bottles.

3.5 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy/creamy hybrid head. Retention is average and a decent sized ring of lacing is left behind.

4.0 S: Good amount of roastiness to this. Stemming from that roast are dark caramel, semisweet chocolate, and hints of coffee. Molasses is abundant. Malts are decisively grainy, but a lot of that aroma is lost from the roasted aromas. Moderately sweet overall.

4.0 T: The taste approximates the nose well. Hefty roast with plenty of dark caramel, molasses, and semisweet chocolate. Coffee again minimal. A lot more burnt than the nose suggest, but not distractingly so. There seems to be some hop bitterness in this that compounds with the bitterness from the roast. A good bit dryer than the nose, putting this at the middle of the spectrum.

4.0 M: Heavier medium to lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess to this with a roasty aftertaste that affects the smoothness a bit. Borderline 4.5

4.0 D: Solid brew all around, though it seems like there are a good number of bad bottles floating around. At $8 for the bomber, I'd say the risk is worth it. Anyway, this beer doesn't stand out from about a million other imperial stouts, but it is tasty nonetheless. (1,292 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.64/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/28/11
*From notes

A: You ever seen a stout before? Ok then, you know what this looks like, as it's nothing special. A good pour yields a two finger, chocolate chip cookie lookin' head and decent lacing.

S: Wet cardboard and canned tuna. Seriously. I'm not kidding.

T: The fore is absent of any real discernible flavor. The mid warms up a bit, as a grab-bag of overly charred malt hits and carries to the finish, where more char comes and goes.

M: Nothing wrong here. Creamy and silky, with a rich texture and proper carbonation.

O: Epic's Imperial Stout failed to impress me. In the world of Kate, Black Tuesday and so on, you really need to put your dick out there and show the world you got a pair. Sadly, the folks at Epic dropped trou, but just can't seem to get their undies off. (834 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Pleasant fresh crushed grain aroma up front. I keep thinking fresh Maris Otter that jumps out of the glass. Moderately-low fruity esters in the background. Reminds me of plums and raisins. Moderate alcohol aromatics warm the nose.

Appearance: Black pour with shoe leather edges. Low tan head that is moderately lasting. Legs cling to the glass.

Flavor: Rich dark roasted grain flavors up front. Earthy hop bitterness balances out the malt base. More Maris Otter-type malt backbone. Balance is toward the earthy bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is coffe-like and long lasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Slight astringency due to the dark grains. No alcohol heat which is kind of scary.

Overall impression: A big, malt forward RIS. I love the malt character (did I mention Maris Otter???). It seems more "Americanized" as I don't get the dark fruity esters that tend to be characteristic of more English RIS examples. I need to age one of these and try them. Nice beer from a brewery I haven't sampled before. (1,062 characters)

Photo of mgbickel
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #2...22oz bottle poured into a CC snifter.

A massive 3 fingers of dark mocha foam formed on top of the oil black body. The head stuck around forever...slightly receding, leaving behind trails of lace.

The nose has lots of meaty aromas up front...anise, molasses, coffee and cocoa.

The nose is a decent indicator where the taste leads...chocolate starts things out, the sweetness quickly fades to a roasted coffee flavor that turns to an almost bitter, semi-hoppy finish. The coffee flavor peaks once again in the aftertaste.

Medium to heavy bodied, thicker as it warms...moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a very solid beer. Lots of flavor and complexity is packed into this non-barrel aged offering. Mucho recommended. (735 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Just about black, nice layer of tan head formed. Receded to a ring.

Aroma, Quite a bit of chocolate, cocoa. A dry earthy quality.

Taste, Load of chocolate and cocoa. Some roast, thoughv very little coffee. Just a hint of piney hops. Finish with the cocoa, fairly dry.

Solid medium body, enough carbonation though not quite creamy. Alcohol well hidden, no problem drinking this.

Imperial milk stout like, I like it. (425 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, here is the first dark-rimmed beer from Epic to touch glasses around here...so many brewers can do dark, or hoppy, but not both. Hope Epic isn't one of them. 22 oz. bomber, batch #3, brewed in late January 2011 per the website @ 9.1% alcohol.

Pour is dark close-your-eyes-black. Surprisingly heady. Iced coffee stinks up the place, with light cream & chocolate. Lovely.

Epic's Imperial Stout is a bit of a let-down from the excellent smell. Coffee is downgraded into roasted malts, & there's a definite milk quality fouling up the works that doesn't quite work. Chocolate is now a cold fire on the horizon, mingled with sweet malts. Chalky hops round out the parade on the finish, but they're choppy & receive a cool reception. Touch thin for a big stout.

Overall this is a bare cut about average for a big stout. Not a bad effort, but nothing I'd seek out again. Give me more Epic hops. (899 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a bad-ass impy stout should: like oil, slick and tar-black, with a head of mocha froth that tries to fight through that 10% ABV as long as possible before chilling to a bubbly "puffed rice" layer and eventually a thin skim.

The nose on this one is mostly gooey and fudgy, sitting somewhere between milk chocolate and dark, bitter baking chocolate. Mild coffee notes, and an earthy/mineral vibe that gives it some edge, but never overdoes it. The alcohol is quiet in the nose, although might perk up with some warming...

Taste features strong notes of anise/black licorice, but never too out of whack. That's balanced by the considerable chocolate character, which is given further depth thanks to bitter coffee notes. For a 10% beer, the alcohol is felt and tasted just a touch, providing more subtle support than some other imperial stouts of similar strength. A dry finish leaves green, leafy hops lingering. Reminds me of Green Flash's Double Stout, in more ways than one, though not exactly a clone.

Feel is appropriately thick and gooey, though never overly chewy, partly thanks to the soft carbonation tingle that works its way over the tongue. Very, very nice.

This one deserves a name better than just "Imperial Stout." But hey, it's what's in the glass that counts, and so far, judging from this and Hopulent, Epic Brewing is doing some great stuff, and is a brewer I'll look forward to investigating further. (1,434 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near pitch black with a nice brown head that leaves a bit of lace on the glass. Nice legs promise some density.
Smells of a nicely brewed cup of coffee with a good bit of sugar. Mild licorice, chocolate and a bit of dark fruit.
Taste is rich and dense with all the smells coming through nicely. Sweetness is spot on, the coffee and chocolate blend well but nothing overpowers.
Thick and sticky on the tongue with a low carbonation level and just a bit of alcohol coming through.
Really well done and at a very reasonable price. (537 characters)

Photo of herman77
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, nearly black with a bubbly mocha colored head. Okay retention and lacing.

S: Roasty malts, coffee, licorice. Some earthy pine hops. Faint wiffs of bitter chocolate, vanilla and cream. Very roasted bitter malts dominate overall.

T: Fairly good balance of roated malt and hops. Some earthy coffee as well as a hint of chocolate sweetness. Not much complexity. Pretty bitter overall though. Bitter, roasty and almost burnt malt and pine hops linger in the aftertaste.

M: Medium to heavier body. Moderate carbonation. Thought it would be a little thicker.

O: Not bad, definitely have had a lot better Imperial Stouts before. Drinkability is okay. Label says its 9.1% abv and it tastes pretty close to that (725 characters)

Photo of BelgiumBill
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I paid $7.99 at Total Wine for a 1pt 6oz bottle. It says only 1800 bottles made.

I poured it into a Guinness pint glass starting at 48 degrees. It was a very dark brown - nearly black, with deep mahogany highlights. A nice medium brown bubbly head that was very sticky and receded to a lasting blanket.

Deep roasted characteristics were front and center on the nose along with espresso and cocoa.

The flavors were chocked full of roasted goodness. Mineral notes were present throughout and hops well integrated in the middle through finish and some licorice lingering afterwards.

This imperial stout was well balanced and medium bodied relative to other imperials. This was not huge or super intense but it was well structured and hid the alcohol well providing for an easy drinking experience.

I think 50-52 degrees is about right for this beer. A little warmer brings out more flavors, particularly the licorice. Mid to lower 40's would kill the flavors on this one.

At $7.99, not super expensive so I'd say a decent value as well. (1,039 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured an opaque pitch black with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy roasted coffee and barley, with dry semi-sweet chocolate and a bit of copper hops.
T: It tasted like milk chocolate and roasted coffee, with some brown sugar and licorice and burnt barley, with a little alcohol. It had a bitter aftertaste that was a bit harsh.
M: It was thick and silky with moderate carbonation. Very nice body!
D: This was a solid imperial stout that looked great, but the smell and taste were barely above average. Great body, but rough finish with noticeable alcohol, so it wasn't the easiest to drink. Age may help mellow and improve this beer. Enjoyable fresh, but nothing special. (691 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up with a groupon at 287 Discount Liquor in Fort Collins. Poured a nice black color with a lingering finger of medium brown foam. Aromas of charcoal, roasted malt and espresso. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, with flavors of earthy hops, roasted malt and chocolate. (293 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Picked up at Rick's in Alexandria, VA. Release #8; bottle says they only released 1,800 bottles, but no bottle number on my bottle.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one and a half fingers of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, light bitter chocolate, and light cream. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter coffee, and some bitter hops. Not a lot going on here and a little too bitter for an imperial stout. Not awful, but not the best.

m - Full bodied stout and medium carbonation.

o - Overall a slightly below average stout. The smell was nice, but the taste was pretty bitter and one dimensional; it would be tough to drink a bomber of this one. Wouldn't buy it again. (830 characters)

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this a very pleasant surprise. Picked up a bottle from Larry at Chevy Chase Liquors. Neither of us knew much about Epic/Utah.
My tastes tend to go over the top, and love a great double imperial stout. Have no problem enjoying a bomber with a friend or by myself.
I found Epic's Imperial Stout as expected to be a reasoanble step down from a DIS or DRIS, but very enjoyable. The taste was rich and fairly complex. It was noticeably dry but this was an asset not a detriment. I'm all about a full mouthfeel, and while not having all the malt backbone of a bigger stout...it was very satisfying. Not sure you want to think Imp Stout as an every day beer, but I wouldn't mind having this on a regular basis. I agree with previous comment that bringing this up to 55-60 degrees F was spot on...though I rarely drink a big stout cooler. I would recommend this beer without reservation. (887 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one at Brewforia on the way home from work tonight. Shared the first 3rd of the bottle with inflatablechair, and we pretty much decided it was a lost cause... that said, a couple hours later, it is at room temperature and a whole hell of a lot better.

Poured into my Old Rasputin tasting glass, 1 finger of deeep dark brown head .. retention is pretty lax ... so is the lacing.

Nose is very "black"... tons of dark malt and not much else except a pretty pervasive licorice note.

Flavor shows mainly very roasty malt... verging on deep char... a bit of minor dark fruits are blown out of the water by the ashy flavors. When cooler, this seemed waaaay too dry, but a bit of warmth made what little background sweetness there is bloom a bit.

Body may be a tad light.... the carbonation seems about right.

I am not going to fawn over this one, but it does show potential, but definitely needs to be dialed in right now.

4/3.5/4/3.5/3.5

Edit: LET THIS ONE WARM UP!!! (980 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color, some carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee/coffee notes. The taste is malty, sweet, hints of chocolate/coffee/toffee notes. Medium body, but on the thin side, ABV is not hidden very well. Drinkable, I've had way better Imperial Stouts, this one lacks alot, much improvement needed. What can I say another Epic brew. (428 characters)

Photo of bishopgary
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pretty dark, almost ivory black. Looks like a stout but nothing extraordinary. I poured pretty vigorously, but not much head. Just a bit of tan, loose foam that dissipated quickly. Perhaps this is from the higher ABV, but there are other imperial stouts out there that produce nice head from a bottle. Not bad could have been better.
S: Toffee, coffee and some chocolate. A bit of malt sweetness followed by alcohol. I was expecting a richer aroma like in their standard stout, may have been overwhelmed by the alcohol.
T: The taste was better than the above review may lead you to think. Nice flavors from the roasted malt, hops lend a slight bitterness.The alcohol cuts through in the swallow. There also seems to be a bit of toasted marshmallow, or other caramel sweetness in the finish.
M: Nice, not too thick, just enough though. Nice tingle Perhaps a bit more body would serve to balance the bite from the alcohol.
D: Decent representation of an imperial stout. Not sure I have met many imperial stouts I would want to drink a lot of. This is a good beer to share, or nice way to end an evening. Certainly not a bad brew, there are a few kinks that could be worked out though. (1,237 characters)

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Imperial Stout from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.